Playoff food you can feel good about 0
I think we'll all agree the Stanley Cup aftermath was not a pretty sight. And no, I'm not talking about the havoc wreaked by lobotomized rioters. I'm talking about the "playoff paunch" many of us were left with after eating too much pub food and pizza for several weeks in a row.
That's why, for my money, The Bimini Public House (2010 West 4th Ave.) is one of the best places for catching the game. Not only does the legendary Kits pub - which recently reopened after a devastating fire - offer great sight lines between the tables and flat-screens, it also offers a decent selection of healthy choices on its menu.
Granted, there's no harm in indulging during the first few playoff rounds with some tasty guilty pleasures and Bim's got you covered there too. There's the delicious slow roasted pulled pork sliders ($12), the always-popular, fully loaded nachos ($16) and the staff pick: char-grilled Vietnamese-style short ribs ($12.)
But if - or rather when - the Canucks go all the way again this year, you might want to start switching up some of your traditional beer sidekicks with some lighter fare. The quinoa salad at the Bimini ($10), for example, is a great choice. With mixed dried fruits, nuts, cucumber, tomato and cilantro in vinaigrette dressing, this heart-smart dish is a refreshing way to reintroduce vegetables to your body. And for something a little more filling, but still relatively healthy, there's always Bim's pan roasted chicken breast with butternut squash risotto cake and sautéed spinach ($16). And with that, Go Canucks Go! (It's never too early, right?)